During tonight’s chuckwagon races one of the outrider horses on the team of Dave Galloway pulled up injured at the end of heat one. There was no contact made with another horse or wagon.
The horse, Ezzy was immediately transported for examination by our on-scene veterinarians. The injury was deemed to be an unrepairable breakdown injury in the left front leg – and the horse was humanely euthanized.
“It’s really upsetting to lose Ezzy,” said Galloway. “I try to keep my barn calm, but Ezzy was exceptionally calm. He was my fastest outriding horse and racing, for him, was effortless.”
“Ezzy” was a 16-year-old thoroughbred, owned by Galloway for about 4 years, since acquiring the horse from another driver.
The horse’s injury was virtually the same as that of another outrider horse on July 11. Suspensory ligament rupture is most commonly seen in race horses and occasionally seen in other types of sport horses. Ezzy had gone through the Fitness to Compete inspections conducted by our veterinary team when the horse arrived on Stampede Park and today, prior to this race.
A post-mortem will not be performed, as the Official Stampede Veterinarian has determined the injuries were self-evident and do not require further investigation.
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